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Dr Louisa Yee-Sum Lee graduated from James Cook University, Australia with a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Louisa is active in publishing research in international refereed journals, presenting at academic conferences and serving as ad hoc reviewer for academic journals. As for industry working experience, Louisa worked at an internationally acclaimed hotel in Hong Kong, Pacific Asia Travel Association in Thailand, and offered consultancy service to Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree in Australia. The research collaboration with international scholars, lecturing experience, supervision of master-degree student, and consultancy experience strongly reinforced her commitment in pursuing an academic career.

Research interests

  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Urban Tourism
  • Service Quality


BSc (Hons) [PolyU], MPhil [PolyU], PhD [James Cook University]


Research Grants

Are city tourism destinations prepared for the touristification of their intangible cultural heritage? (Principal Investigator) – Funded HK$540,600 by Faculty Development Scheme (FDS) of Research Grants Council (RGC), January 2019  – June 2021.


Book Chapter

Lee, L.Y.S. & Pearce, L.P. (2021). Creating an enabling tourism development environment: The future of Bangkok. In Dieke, P., King, B., & Sharpley, R. (Eds). Tourism in Development: Reflective Essays (pp.147-158). Wallingford, United Kindgom: CABI International.



  • Technical Advisor (Tourism), Employees Retraining Board
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Tourism Futures
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research and Journal of China Tourism Research
  • Youth Tourism Professional, Pacific Asia Travel Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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